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RCIDA partners with Russell County Schools on college and workforce training center project

Industrial authority provides $50,000 in matching funds for facility construction

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Kentucky (June 22, 2017) — The new Lake Cumberland Regional College and Workforce Center will be a building for economic development in the community, not just a building for Russell County Schools. 

It’s a point Superintendent Michael Ford is sure to make when discussing the center, which board of education members learned would become reality last month when the state’s Work Ready Skills Initiative Advisory Committee granted $5.7 million for the project. And it’s a point that’s illustrated when flipping through the grant application’s 128 pages, which includes 48 letters of support from industry leaders and community partners from Adair, Russell and Casey counties. 

“We want this to be a building for the entire region and community,” Ford said. 

Meet Russell County, Kentucky!

RCIDA has just released our newest video to showcase Russell County and announce our recent Food and Beverage Shovel-Ready Certification. Take a look at what Russell County has to offer!

French Valley Business Park receives food and beverage processing shovel-ready site designation


Industrial authority will begin recruiting food and beverage processing companies

RUSSELL SPRINGS, Kentucky (February 27, 2017) — Following a months-long analysis by a nationally renowned consulting firm, the French Valley Industrial Park has been certified as a shovel-ready site for food and beverage processing facilities.  

By receiving the Austin Consulting Shovel-Ready Site Designation Award, the Russell County Industrial Development Authority will focus recruitment efforts on the food and beverage industry, a possibility that presented itself when Fruit of the Loom closed its Jamestown factory in 2014 and left the county with excess water and wastewater capacity. 

“When Fruit of the Loom closed, we felt the impact on a number of levels,” RCIDA Executive Director Bennie Garland said. “And though we are grateful to have Stephens Pipe and Steel as a tenant in that location, we have excess water and wastewater capacity that was built specifically for Fruit of the Loom that needs to be utilized. Recruiting the appropriate industry to our county will hopefully keep us from continuing to pass along utility costs to consumers by raising rates.”

RCIDA hosts energy grants workshop

The RCIDA, partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture, hosted a seminar on renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvement grants February 8 at Duo County Telecom. Qualifying agricultural and small businesses can access federal funds to address and improve their energy use. RCIDA had identified and invited potentially qualifying area businesses, but if you believe your business could qualify, or would like to learn more about these grants, you can download the program overview PDF here:

Jamestown, Russell Springs among first in Kentucky to be gigabit Internet communities

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Tom Preston, Duo County Telecom's executive vice-president and CEO, announces Lightspeed G at the Russell County Chamber of Commerce luncheon hosted by Duo County.

Duo County Telecom announced it has completed installing major portions of a new, state-of-the-art fiber-optic network that provides remarkably fast Internet service to businesses and homes in Russell County.

Two rural communities in the county, Jamestown and Russell Springs, are two of the first gigabit Internet communities in Kentucky and join just a few dozen gigabit communities across America.

Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Opens in Russell County

Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems, Inc. is the latest international company to call Russell County home with its recent announcement to invest $29 million to manufacture high quality plastics products for the automotive industry. Learn why Dr. Schneider added Russell County to its global manufacturing network.

A Growth Environment

Russell County's residents enjoy top-quality services, a range of activities and a beautiful recreational lake.

Strong Work Ethic

Russell County's rural farming traditions provide a workforce that is loyal, trainable and dependable.

Available Sites

More than 150 acres of choice industrial sites are now available in Russell County.

Why Choose Russell?

A short distance from I-65 and I-75, Russell County provides local industries with quick access to their markets.